Staff that aren’t trained properly can be a nightmare to have in any company. To combat this problem, training schemes are put in place to ensure everyone can do their job properly.
But successful training programmes don’t happen by themselves, and they can take a lot of organising by staff in HR, in particular by the training and development manager.
So, what will I actually be doing?
Ensuring everyone is fully trained up and can do their job effectively, training and development managers help employees learn new skills and develop existing ones.
As well as helping to design and develop the schemes, they also work with the employers to establish the company’s needs. This helps to co-ordinate the courses and ensures it works for the organisation’s present and future needs.
There’s a lot of multi-tasking and organising to do in this job, and your work-day could involve:
- Drawing up a training plan
- Managing budgets
- Producing materials needed for training
- Working with training providers to develop suitable content for the courses
- Deliver training (if it’s a small company)
And the work doesn’t stop once the employees have finished their training as you’ll also have to evaluate how successful it’s been for both individual employees and the overall company. This involves conducting regular staff appraisals and reviews to keep an eye on their progress and ensuring other opportunities are available for ongoing development.
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The finer details...
This job is usually a 9-5, Monday to Friday situation, however there may be times when you’re needed to work more flexible hours. This normally happens if the company uses shifts patterns or needs you to cover residential courses or workshops.
As well as having a set base in an office, you’ll also be expected to travel to a company’s site or training venues (which are normally in locations like hotels or conference centres).
Because every industry needs to train their staff, there are lots of opportunities in a range of organisations including:
Want to be your own boss and determine your own hours? Working as a freelance manager is becoming an increasingly popular career choice as many employers prefer to bring in outside experts to help them.
Money, money, money
Your yearly salary will change depending on your location, your employer and your level of experience, but training managers can earn between £19,000 and £40,000.
Become a training director or senior manager in a large organisation and you could earn up to £50,000, or maybe even more.
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The good points...
This role brings job satisfaction, especially when an employee grows in both skills and confidence because of your programme.
...and the bad
Not all of your courses will work, so something you’ve spent months working on will need to be scrapped and re-done.
Is there study involved?
Having a degree or a postgraduate qualification can be an advantage in this job (especially if it’s in some relevant like business studies, HR or communications), but it’s not a necessity as previous experience is also key.
To become a training manager, you’ll need experience in a training officer role (or a similar personnel position) so you can get to grips with the job and understand the environment.
If you really want to stand out or grow within your existing HR job, you can study for professional qualifications offered by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Useful qualifications include:
- Certificate in personnel practice (CPP)
- Certificate in training practice (CTP)
- Professional development scheme (PDS)
Or you could go down the NVQ route and study:
- NVQ Level 3 in direct training and support
- NVQ levels 3, 4 and 5 in learning and development
- NVQ level 4 or 5 in personnel or management areas
If you don’t want to give up your job to study and would rather earn while you learn, many of these qualifications can be studied part-time, either by block release or by distance learning.
If you’ve gone to university, you can also do a postgraduate diploma or an MSC degree in training management and development, which can also be done part-time or via distance learning.
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OK, I'm interested... But is it really the job for me?
If you can’t organise your own life let alone anyone else’s this probably isn’t the job for you, one of the key traits you’ll need is the ability to plan ahead and organise several things at once.
You’ll also need to be an excellent communicator so you can create and implement schemes that not only work but also fit the employer’s needs.
Other helpful traits include:
- Ability to relate to others
- Negotiating skills
- Good motivator
- Presentation skills
- Ability to write reports and keep records
- Work within budget
- IT skills (everything is on computers these days